Revell 1/48 Lockheed/Vega Ventura PV-1
I like this kit and aircraft so much, I had to do another one, especially since I got such a good deal at a swap meet. The model represents an aircraft from VPB-133 based out of Iwo Jima in 1945 to interdict Japanese shipping. The octopus motif was the units hallmark and their identification.
The kit goes together well. Fit is good all around, albeit I did add some putty where the nose section mates to the fuselage to give it a more seamless appearance, other than that minimal sanding and filling.
Had I to do it over again, I would opt for the variant out of Attu Alaska with the Japanese kill markings on the tail. The Octopus was a bugger to get on even after cutting it in twain, the mating of the surfaces was a challenge. I also opted for open bomb bay doors and will be installing the bombs. I used Tamiya Rattle Can White Primer which really gives a nice appearance and surface for the paint to adhere to, what I didn’t do was mask the slots where the wing joined the fuselage, as primer managed to work it’s way into the cockpit and other areas and provide a nice “Speckle” affect on the inside of all the glazing. Lesson learned.
My forty two year old Pasche Air Brush decided not to play nice with the painting of the different colors. It just started acting up recently, I have been adjusting pressure and paint mixtures all to almost no avail, my buddy mentioned that it had probably reached it’s time service limit.
The fuselage was painted using Testors Model Master Gloss Dark Sea Blue, Navy Blue Grey and Classic White. The wings were painted with Tamiya Dark Sea Blue which is a flat color, Testors Model Master Navy Blue Grey and Classic white. I refrained from using the Tamiya Panel Line Paint as it cautions using it on enamels. I have a sharp point pen and used that for the cowl flaps, but wish I hadn’t. Another lesson learned.
Antenna Rigging was done using Model Kasten .06 Flex line and Bob’s Buckles tubes and eyelets. The gun barrels in the forward gun pack are brass tubes, cut to size using the kit supplied barrels for a template and painted Testors Model Master Gun Metal.
Can’t wait to get into another one of these in the Canadian scheme.
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